Shakespeare's Globe

Lady Macbeth played by Samantha Spiro

Macbeth (2013)
Written by: William Shakespeare

Samantha returns to the Globe to play the ambitious Lady Macbeth in the 2013 production of Macbeth.

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Performance

“It is at its best when the moments of horror are juxtaposed with moments of hilarity that come out of the truth of the moment.”
In her final interview Sam discusses her favourite moments in the play, the juxtaposition between moments of hilarity and horror and imagining being in a dark Scottish castle on a sunny afternoon.

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Tech Week

“I love mucking about and love having fun in rehearsals, but at some point I have to put that fun and my natural inclination to one side and think ‘I’ve really got to go to that place that is quite dark’. Because otherwise I’m not fully doing credit and justice to playing this part.”
As tech week draws to a close and previews begin, Sam talks about seeing the play in its entirety, Olly Fox’s beautiful and atmospheric music for the play, and the development of the jig.

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Rehearsal

“She can’t see beyond just killing Duncan. What she doesn’t count on is this separation that happens, that Macbeth doesn’t need her as much, and so she’s now lost everything.”
Sam discusses how her relationship with Macbeth is all that matters to Lady Macbeth, how little changes in the language can help unlock a scene, and the episodic nature of the play.

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Pre-Rehearsal

“How does she become the woman we see in the sleepwalking scene?”
Samantha talks about how she ‘performed’ speeches from the play when she was 9 in her bedroom, the richness of the imagery in the play, and the origins of Lady Macbeth’s ambition.

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